When a rookie leads the NFL in jersey sales before ever playing a snap in the league, it's safe to say he has something to prove to his teammates. Such is the position Broncos first-round draft pick Tim Tebow found himself in Monday when the Broncos opened organized team activities at their facility in Dove Valley.
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It was the first opportunity for the former Heisman trophy winning-quarterback it introduce himself to his teammates and show he's been worth the hype (and the first round pick).
The Broncos, however, appear to be taking Tebow's development slowly. Coach Josh McDaniels placed Tebow fourth in line for quarterback reps behind incumbent starter Kyle Orton, free agent Brady Quinn and last year's backup Tom Brandstater.
The Broncos organization tweeted Monday morning: "Tim Tebow is holding a football, going through the motions of dropping back as if he's under center while the other QBs are taking reps."
Denver Post Broncos writer Lindsay Jones tweeted:
Tebow 4th in line for QB reps. Just ran first play: handoff to RB Bruce Hall. Thrilling stuff.
McDaniels defended Tebow's development over the weekend. "He's what we thought he was," said the second-year coach on Saturday. "First of all, he's a rookie. He's made his share of mistakes out here. But his work ethic is what we thought it was."
True to his coach's praise, Tebow reportedly finished first in all of the after-practice wind sprints.